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    Where to buy cheap beans for learning a new roaster?

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    Hi All,

    I've acquired a Toper 5kg roaster - quite a step up from a Behmor - and need to run some beans through it to learn how to roast on this machine. I'm wondering where I might get some very cheap beans for practise roasts. I'm in Perth and hoping someone local might have some rubbish beans that they want to get rid of.

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    Dan

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    You will probably get cheapest beans from bean bay. Some are very cheap.

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    I've got just about every bean from Bean Bay in my cupboard in small quantities! I'm hoping someone has a stash of something they don't want, like or is too old to be used. I'd expect to do several roasts at, say, 4kg charge per roast. So something like +20kg would be nice to play with.

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    Dan

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    Congrats on the new acquisition Dan...

    Perhaps it might be best to direct the funds you would allocate to the purchase of cheap beans towards some commercial training instead- as you will find that garbage in = garbage out

    Whilst less expensive beans might be suitable for seasoning a roaster, don't expect to learn anything of much use whilst you do so.
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    Certainly appropriate training will follow as necessary. The immediate need is to confirm operation of the roaster and my understanding of its controls. I'd rather have an operational roaster and some cursory hands on experience before undertaking any training. I'm happy for garbage out as what is being learned and confirmed is not entirely about roasting coffee at this stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monarodan View Post
    I've got just about every bean from Bean Bay in my cupboard in small quantities! I'm hoping someone has a stash of something they don't want, like or is too old to be used. I'd expect to do several roasts at, say, 4kg charge per roast. So something like +20kg would be nice to play with.

    Cheers,

    Dan
    G'day Dan

    Considering most coffee comes in 60Kg sacks, I would just ask your usual / favourite supplier for a sack of something worthwhile at a reasonable price. PM me if you do not know of any in Perth - we have quite a few around the place.

    At the risk of creating historic tidal waves of shock, I agree with TC above - you will learn zip by roasting crap beans anyway...

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    Being an Engineer and tinkerer, I am sure that I will learn heaps by getting the machine operating and running some beans through it. Perhaps my choice of words, "learn how to roast", was not the best. I'm at the stage of testing the functions of the roaster (including a few sacrificial roasts as I test fail safes) and then I want to run a few batches to get a feel for controlling the roast. It's more about learning the roaster than learning to roast.

    I'll PM you regarding local green bean suppliers. So far I've only been referred to suppliers in the east, so some local knowledge will be invaluable.

    Cheers,

    Dan

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    You might want to try getting your hands on some decent Robusta. Even specialty grade Kaapi Royale can be found at less than $5/kg (wholesale) and the roasting ain't too different from quality Arabica.
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